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Subject to Division? Community or Separate Property

When considering a divorce in Texas, the first concern many people may have is: how much of our “stuff” is the other party entitled to? In order to answer this question, you must first have a general understanding of how property is classified in Texas. In Texas, for purposes of property division, property is either Read More

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What is Condemnation?

Condemnation is the process by which a state, public utility, authorized private entity or federal entity takes private property for a public purpose. In doing so, the government entity exercises the power of Eminent Domain. With this power, a government entity can take ownership of private property if two conditions are met: 1) The land Read More

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How to Deal with Borderline Personality Disorder

People with personality disorders often seem to have two personalities.  They might be quite reasonable at work and with friends, then revert to dysfunctional, extreme behaviors at home.  Personality disorders usually begin in childhood or adolescence, and while those around people with personality disorders wish they would change, it doesn’t happen without: 1) recognition, 2) Read More

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What is the “Service” in a Lawsuit and What Happens When it Goes Wrong

Service of process is the means by which a person named in a lawsuit is officially made aware of the existence of the lawsuit, and the need for them to take some action.  The principals of “Notice and Opportunity” are inherent in people’s right to due process under the law, but what does that mean? Read More

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A Child Who Wishes to Determine Guardianship

During a divorce involving children, it’s fairly common for one parent to insist that their child wishes to determine custody matters and is further willing to speak with the judge about it. The question is: can a child make decisions regarding custody during a divorce? The simple answer is no… at least not really. Under Read More

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Piercing the Corporate Veil

Generally, the individuals who own and run a company are not liable for the acts of the corporation. Veil piercing is a way around this. Veil piercing typically involves multiple parties and multiple claims and can be a complex and confusing theory of liability. Nonetheless, a few key concepts can assist the decision maker in Read More

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Commercial Lease

We frequently advise commercial landlords who’ve finally found a tenant willing to rent their commercial space, or a business tenant who’s finally found the perfect location for their business. When entering a commercial lease, the landlord is thinking about rent checks finally resuming and the tenant is thinking about how successful their business will be. Read More

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Business Divorce

What do you do when you and your business partners just can’t make it work anymore? A business is very much about relationships, but unlike a marriage where there is only one way to legally dissolve the relationship, when it comes to a business in which you might have partners, members, co-owners or shareholders, there Read More

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Post-Divorce Checklist

Going through a divorce is a stressful time in anyone’s life. When the judge pronounces “You are divorced”, there’s the immediate reaction of relief and a sense of finality. For some people, when they leave the Court, it is final. However, for many others there is still a lot of work left to do. If Read More

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Recovering From the Debtor Post-Judgement

So, you have a judgment, now what? Ideally, the prevailing party—the judgment creditor—will have vetted the judgment debtor’s assets before filing and during the suit. If so, the judgment creditor should have some idea of the debtor’s assets that could be used to satisfy the judgment. This knowledge will increase the likelihood of recovery, assist Read More

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